What's the trick to receiving comments?

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  1. N. Ramius profile image75
    N. Ramiusposted 13 years ago

    I only ever receive a handful across my entire account. Granted it's nice I'm not dealing with spam or off site crappy comments but wonder if there is some trick to it.

    I have traffic, I have some adsense click through rate, but few comments. More for my own vanity than anything, what type of articles tend to attract comments? I doubt I'll actually follow through as I'm after money more than comments but still I wonder.

    1. profile image0
      Pani Midnyte Odinposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I wrote a hub about demons and ghosts. It gets a lot of comments from hubbers AND from people who found me through search engines asking me for help. lol

      Other hubs I notice that get a lot of comments are humorous hubs or hubs that are about a controversial topic.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image89
      Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I don't get a lot of comments either, Ramius. 

      Most comments come from other Hubbers anyway.  The only place I see a lot of comments from outsiders is "agony aunt" style Hubs, for want of a better word. Check out Veronica's Hubs, she has whole sagas going on.  I had a few of my own Hubs like that, and had lots of outside comments on those too.  Like Pani said, people asking for advice.

    3. relache profile image72
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      If you want comments, you need to Hubs on topics that people want to talk about.  They don't necessarily have to be controversial, unless you want to see strangers flaming each other in your comment capsules.

    4. lorlie6 profile image74
      lorlie6posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I find that joining in the forums helps you get to know other hubbers, who in turn may come to your hubs.  Also, comment on the hubs written by writers you follow; sometimes they'll return the favor!

  2. Paradise7 profile image71
    Paradise7posted 13 years ago

    I get quite a few comments on most of my hubs, though not very many on some...I get back about half the number of comments I leave on other people's hubs, so I think some people reciprocate when they get a comment, and other people don't.

    I don't leave comments on others' hubs to get comments on my own, I just want to encourage people to write, and the people I follow, I really enjoy reading their hubs and appreciate the effort they've put into it, which I then reap the benefit (for FREE, even!)

    If I were you, I'd stick to what you like to write about, whether or not it attracts a lot of comments.  Many, many more people will read your work and NOT make a comment, that's just the way it is...and it's ok.

  3. blondepoet profile image63
    blondepoetposted 13 years ago

    It also helps to support other hubber's hubs by visiting them and leaving comments. Be a people's person.

    1. Paradise7 profile image71
      Paradise7posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, ditto, well-said!

    2. mod2vint profile image61
      mod2vintposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Your so right!

    3. Marisa Wright profile image89
      Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That's true if comments from other Hubbers is what you're after.

      I guess you have to decide what's most important to you - writing Hubs for other Hubbers, or for the big wide world.

    4. Mikel G Roberts profile image65
      Mikel G Robertsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      What if your not a people person?

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
        Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Then don't. smile If you're not.

        1. blondepoet profile image63
          blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Very true Rochelle smile

      2. blondepoet profile image63
        blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Cry....just a joke. smile

  4. Greek One profile image62
    Greek Oneposted 13 years ago

    I like to leave comments on my own hubs..

    I respect my option and seldom disagree with what i have to say


    1. chinweike profile image61
      chinweikeposted 13 years agoin reply to this


    2. profile image0
      Kathryn LJposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      HaHa so do I!

    3. mega1 profile image68
      mega1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      then this also solves the problem of whether or not to reply to the comments  - if their your comments on your own hubs I assume you know what you said!   hehehe  lol

  5. chinweike profile image61
    chinweikeposted 13 years ago

    I don't bother myself much about comments. I have so far had only 108 comments on 45 hubs. The only thing that worries me is the.............! You know what i mean.

  6. Cagsil profile image75
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    I guess it would be easy enough to say that spending more time in the forums and reading other people's hubs.

    The most comments you'll receive is mostly from HubPages members.

    I have had only a handful of people outside of HubPages to leave comments on my hubs. I recently broke 1200 comments on my Hubs.

    Hubber's leaving comments helps on SE content, because comments changes the amount of words on your hub and updates the freshness of your hub.

    Just my thought. smile

    1. thisisoli profile image72
      thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      it's all wll and good untill you realise none of your commentors are using keywords, I saw my keyword ratio drop from 3.5% to 0.7% once sad

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Ahhh so the secret of leaving good comments is to mention thir keyword/s?

      2. MyWebs profile image82
        MyWebsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Oh thats a good point. I never considered comments diluting the keyword ratio. That is a good reason NOT to have comments and just manually change a word or two once per week on all hubs to keep them fresh. But it kills the interactivity aspect. sad

        1. sunforged profile image73
          sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          keyword density...if your article or hub was exactly balanced in other ranking factors that actually mattered with another competing article..maybe then your keyword density could give you the edge.

          by all means keep the myth alive, less smart competition to deal with.. a drastic alteration like oli mentioned is something worth rectifying (since its so easy to do)

          but..density is as useful as meta tags

          dont believe me..but these guys are pretty smart

          1. thisisoli profile image72
            thisisoliposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            It's interesting, but I would like to knwo who tehir SEO experts were. After seeing a multitude of sneaky tactics from SEO experts to make their own techniques seem like the saviour to all that is good, if these SEO experts were in the business of dealing high quality backlinks,then it might make a difference to the quallity of the article.

            May I point out that I do not necessarily disagree with it though, it does seem fairly accurate.

            While you are about sunforged, I was wondering what your take was on search engines counting the Anchor Text of NoFollow links in ranking a site. Doesn't matter if they pass on the link juice, or crawl the website, the link and it's anchor text is still their helping SEO along.

            It's a theory I read somewhere today, and if it's true I should probably update my backlinking guide.

            I have always focused on do follow links, but something like this would probably make nofollow links a little more valuable.

            (Sorry for the poor sentence structure, very very tired right now!)

  7. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    THe majority of comments I have received have been on my non-profit hubs.

  8. Aya Katz profile image83
    Aya Katzposted 13 years ago

    Marisa, that's a good point you bring up. When I joined Hubpages, getting comments from other hubbers was the biggest thrill and the greatest incentive to keep writing. I also believed that we were in a real dialogue, so I would give my frank opinion when commenting on others' hubs. It was a very lively time, but I soon learned that most people preferred only positive comments.

    When I started receiving a lot of traffic from the external world outside Hubpages, that involved a lot of comments, too. It was the reddit link that garnered me about 48,000 pageviews in a couple of days, and many of the comments were really nasty, some so much so that I deleted them.

    In time, I have gotten more steady traffic from the outside world that just trickles in at between 100 to 200 pageviews a day. They usually don't comment at all, and many of my fans have stopped commenting, too. I miss the more heady atmosphere of the old days. But external traffic with no comments does bring in some revenue.

  9. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    I don't know if there is a trick or a certain kind of hub that attracts more comments than others. some of my hubs generate comments, some don't. outside views usually don't leave comments, only at times they will.  some people have blogs, etc. that bring in traffic also who leave comments.
    as long as people are reading, I'm happy. if I make money, nice, if not, writing is its own reward for me right now. if I can help someone with info or inspire someone, I'm thrilled. comments are like icing on the cake.

    I also leave quite a few comments, but not as much as I would like to, but time is always a factor.

  10. Falsor Wing profile image60
    Falsor Wingposted 13 years ago

    Have you tried making a hub about the new miracle weight loss cure? Just by giving freelance writers feedback your subconscious mind will feel so morally empowered you can't not lose weight.

  11. mega1 profile image68
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    I've noticed if I don't write for a while the next hub will get more comments - also if I write too many all at once people either don't read em or don't comment.   I care less now, but I still care, and when I read a hub I like I always say something.  but, like I say, don't go back to look for response from the hubber

  12. Shadesbreath profile image81
    Shadesbreathposted 13 years ago

    Humor gets comments.  The trouble with humor is that it doesn't get readers through Google (except on occasion when the title happens to coincide with a "real" topic, which still makes me laugh... I wonder how many fifth graders have cited my "scientific" hubs lol).

  13. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 13 years ago

    Now, that's a scary thought.

  14. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    The contributor list: 72 diverse individuals, some recognizable names
    http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ra … ntributors

    the breakdown of the 100 factors surveyed

    http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ra … ng-factors

    as for the nofollow question, you are actually the one who provided me with the info that showed me that other SE's discounted NF links..so Im not the best judge on that factor,I value links on the ease in which i obtain..I cab get 25-50 anchored NF lnks in under an hour..so they are worth the doubt to me.

    the survey above valued the links as "minimally important"

    Im in agreement w/ the survey completely

    anchored keywords external
    anchored keywords external
    anchored keywords external
    anchored keywords external
    anchored keywords external

    anchored keywords internal
    link diversity
    on page keyword usage (Url, title, h2, img tag)

    everything else is of minimal importance to me..actually it was cool seeing that a survey of "experts" was in agreement with my current theories

    this seems relevant:


    Jane Copland – I certainly don’t put much merit in the idea that the number of followed vs. nofollowed links pointing at a page plays a part in Google’s traditional web search results anymore. Think of all the really high-quality social links from sites like Twitter that carry nofollow tags: it would be completely ridiculous to regard a high number of nofollowed links as a detrimental trust metric.


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